The World Through a Photographer’s Lens:  Northern Vietnam ethnic minority groups

Around The World Through a Photographer’s Lens: Northern Vietnam ethnic minority groups

Words and Photos by Dave Stamboulis

Around the World Through a Photographer’s Lens is a weekly feature from Award Wiinning travel photographer and writer, Dave Stamboulis.  Every Monday afternoon you can find Dave’s work here at Vagobond. See the world through a photographer’s lens.

Northern Vietnam is home to a great concentration of colorful ethnic minority groups who cling to their traditional ways

1) The Flower Hmong of Bac Ha are known for their extreme color, with gaudy flower patterned clothing seen everywhere
Flower Hmong of Bac Ha

2) Market day in Bac Ha is a big social event, with thousands of Hmong coming from villages to eat and socialize as well as sell their wares
Market day in Bac Ha

3) Sapa is home to the Black Hmong, one of Vietnam’s most resilient and successful ethnic groups
Black Hmong

4) The Hmong farm immaculate hanging rice terraces
Hmong farm

5) Smoking tobacco out of large bongs is a popular hill tribe market activity
hill tribe market

6) Flower Hmong women in the rain
Flower Hmong

7) The Ao Yai Yao are a rare minority group found in the north, famed for the large turbans that the women wear
Ao Yai Yao

8) The Lolo are a very small ethnic minority found only inthe Ha Giang region of the north
Ha Giang

9) Two Red Yao teens in the Sapa region
Red Yao teens

10) Plenty of time for laughing, even during work, Flower Hmong planting rice
Flower Hmong planting rice

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Dave Stamboulis (Facebook Page)  is a global nomad who spent seven years traveling 40,000 kilometers around the world by bicycle. His book Odysseus Last Stand chronicles that journey. Dave resides in Bangkok, Thailand, where he works for magazines, newspapers, and stock agencies as a freelance photojournalist.  His quest for stories and images in off the beaten track places has taken him to spots such as Borneo, Ethiopia, Bolivia, and other way out locations, often reached via bicycle, kayak, or on foot.  you can check out his work at and his most recent photography at his Flickr.